HIS chiseled cheekbones never failed to turn heads on Made in Chelsea – but it wasn’t always that way for Digby Edgley.
The 26-year-old admits being overweight as a teenager made him an “easy target” for school bullies as he struggled with his self-esteem.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Digby says he was taunted about being the “chubby kid” in class and found it hard to get a girlfriend.
But ten years on he’s now a qualified personal trainer with a six-pack who travels the world as a model.
And his transformation led to a career on-screen as one of Chelsea’s favourite reality TV stars.
“I wasn’t always a confident person,” said Digby.
“At school I was the short, chubby kid. I had really bad learning difficulties so I wasn’t the most academic.
“I was 5ft 9ins and really heavy at school and then I suddenly shot up to 6ft 2ins and started going to the gym.
“I did get bullied at school. I was an easy target.
“It definitely did affect me in terms of confidence. I didn’t have my first girlfriend until I was 21.
“But I don’t regret what happened, I think it makes you who you are today.”
After leaving school, Digby took up a career as a professional golfer before falling out of love with the game.
His life took an unexpected route when he was spotted by Made in Chelsea bosses and quickly fell head over heels for co-star Liv Bentley
Their on/off relationship produced plenty of drama as their heartbreak played out on-screen.
Fans hoped they had finally made it work, but after Digby flew out to South Africa for a three-month modelling season the pair parted ways for good.
He was out there when coronavirus hit and caught the last plane back before lockdown brought flights to a halt.
It meant leaving behind a girl he’d fallen for to spend three months in Somerset with his parents and sister Molly.
“At the beginning of isolation I definitely did struggle mentally,” admits Digby.
“I found it very hard. I almost felt useless and very lost, as I’m sure a lot of people did.
“I managed to work on small things and give myself little tasks until things felt more back to normal.
“The positive I took when the busy lifestyle just came to a halt, was that you could take time to reflect on yourself and I’ve learnt a lot of myself.
“It made me appreciate a lot of the things I’ve achieved and gave me time to do some silly TikToks.”
He’s been entertaining fans with his hilarious videos throughout lockdown, gaining an army of fans.
But they may have to wait a while for his return to Chelsea as his modelling career soars.
Quizzed on whether he’s considering a comeback, Digby said: “Never say never.
“I have been preoccupied with modelling. I’ve just been signed in Germany and out in South Africa.
“There are no regrets about MiC though. It’s all very exciting, being on the show is your life.
“My relationship with Liv was nought to one hundred within a split second. It was all very quick, but it felt right at the time.
“It was tricky to see it all play out on TV. Any break up is very tough, but Chelsea were very good with their support. You get therapy and they’ll ring you up to check in on you.
“Hopefully when coronavirus is gone, I’ll be back to travelling and there are talks of going out to America.”
Newly single Digby is now in talks to launch his own swimwear brand and has dreams of becoming an actor as he focuses on his career.
“I haven’t been single in a long time so I’m trying to just enjoy my own company,” he added.
“I’m definitely in no rush to meet somebody, I think I need to focus on my work and all the things I’ve got going on first.
“I want to use the platform I’ve been fortunate enough with Chelsea to have, I can’t thank them enough for giving me that opportunity.”